DETROIT - JANUARY 23: Pavel Datsyuk #13 of the Detroit Red Wings skates on the ice as teammate Henrik Zetterberg #40 celebrates with teammate Todd Bertuzzi #44 for his goal on Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings as teammates Sean O'Donnell #6, Matt Greene #2 and Michal Handzus #26 look on dejected during a NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on January 23, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)
I have been blessed to play for 16 years in the NHL; it has been an amazing ride. I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers organizations and owners for providing me the opportunity to play the sport I love for so many years. I could have never played for so long or accomplished all that I have without the unwavering love and support from my wife, Heather, our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason, and my parents.
— Martin St. Louis after announcing his retirement from the NHL on Thursday